Khabib Nurmagomedov's next career move explained as ace retires from UFC

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Khabib Nurmagomedov has hinted that he will stay involved in MMA despite calling time on his UFC career.

Khabib beat Justin Gaethje on Saturday night to retain his lightweight championship, stopping the American in the second round with a triangle choke.

He announced his retirement after the fight, stating that he had promised his mother he would not fight again following the death of his father Abdulmanap.

But Nurmagomedov is set to pass his skills on to the next generation, hinting that he will now go into coaching.

Khabib was seen talking with coach Javier Mendez, where the champion said: “We have a lot of young generation guys to coach. We are going to come back on the top very soon.

Khabib Nurmagomedov's next career move explained as ace retires from UFC
Khabib Nurmagomedov lost his father earlier this year and has now announced his retirement from UFC

“I’m going to help you. I always help you – how many years I help you coach?!”

Khabib ended his career with a 29-0 record and calls time at the age of 32.

Following his win over Gaethje, Khabib said: “Thank you to these guys with me, with my father more than 10 years. Coach Javier I love him so much, all my team. Thank you.

Dana White expects Khabib Nurmagomedov to return to UFC and aim for 30 unbeaten
Khabib Nurmagomedov saw off the challenge of Justin Gaethje to move to 29-0

“When UFC comes to me about Justin I spoke with my mother for three days. She didn’t want me to fight without father. And I said this is my last fight and I have given her my word.

“There is only one thing I want from UFC, to put me as No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in UFC, greatest in world. I think I deserve. I want to say thank you Dana, Fertita brothers.

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“Thank you so much Justin. I know you are great, I know how you take care of your people.

“Be close with your parents, because you never know what is going to happen tomorrow.

“Thank you coach, thank you guys. Today is my last fight in the UFC.”

The Eagle added: “It was my father’s dream. Dustin [Poirier] and Conor [McGregor] will fight in January, I have choked both out, I am not interested in this.”


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